This week the Friday Five is about happiness and websites that are focussed on this topic. I have been interested in the art and science of happiness both personally and professionally for the last couple of years and have looked into some of the different resources out there to help you lead a happier life.
Gretchen Rubin’s The Happiness Project is a blog and website with loads of ideas about how to increase your happiness. I would recommend her current book as an enjoyable and useful read and I am planning to buy her new book which is out next month.
Authentic Happiness is the website of Martin Seligman the grandaddy of the positive psychology movement. Here you will find lots of questionnaires you can do, together with information and links to other sites.
Appreciative Living is Jackie Kelm’s site. She has taken a tool called Appreciative Inquiry normally used in organizational development and applied it to everyday living. Guess what! It works! I am a huge fan of Appreciative Inquiry in my work and am now trying to apply some of its principles in my everyday life
Action for Happiness is a movement for positive social change. They are aiming to bring together people from all walks of life who want to play a part in creating a happier society for everyone. Again lots of Resources to download here plus events to attend if you live in the UK
With her Positivity Ratio website and book Barbara Fredrickson ‘gives you the lab-tested tools necessary to create a healthier, more vibrant, and flourishing life. She discovered that experiencing positive emotions in a 3-to-1 ratio with negative ones leads people to a tipping point beyond which they naturally become more resilient to adversity and effortlessly achieve what they once could only imagine.’ Another one from the positive psychology movement